First things first.  Vicky showed me this recipe for granola bars, and I might have to disown her as a friend because of it. 

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These are too easy and too good to have in my baking repertoire.  They seriously take no effort whatsoever.  Literally, you layer the ingredients and then throw it in the oven.  That’s it.  They are called Granola Bars, and I’ve determined they can only be thought of as such in the sense that they:
a) contain granola and
b) are cut into bar shaped portions. 
They really should be called A Heavenly Dessert (that you really should quickly share with a friend or else risk devouring it all by yourself).

Want the recipe?  Here it is!

Second things second.
I am still reading Jeremiah Burroughs’ book, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, and I came across some particularly good quotes this morning.  It really is changing my perspective on how enslaving discontentment is, and how freeing contentment is!
Today’s passage was on gratitude and how discontentment colors everything we see in light of what we DON’T have, as opposed to what God HAS given us.
Here are just a few quotes.

By murmuring and discontent in your hearts, you come to lose a great deal of time.  How many times do men and women, when they are discontented, let their thoughts run, and are musing and contriving, through their present discontentedness and let their discontented thoughts work in them for some hours together, and they spend their time in vain!  When you are alone you should spend your time in holy meditation, but you are spending your time in discontented thoughts.”

“Unthankfulness is an evil and a wicked effect which comes from discontent…Men and women, who are discontented, though they enjoy many mercies from God, yet they are thankful for none of them, for this is the vile nature of discontent, to lessen every mercy of God. It makes those mercies they have from God as nothing to them, because they cannot have what they want.”

“I remember an excellent saying that Luther has: ‘This is the rhetoric of the Spirit of God’ he said, ‘to extenuate evil things, and to amplify good things: if a cross comes, to make the cross but little, but if there is a mercy, to make the mercy great.’  Thus, if there is a cross, where the Spirit of God prevails in the heart, the man or woman will wonder that it is no greater, and will bless God that though there is such a cross, yet that it is no more: that is the work of the Spirit of God; and if there is a mercy, he wonders at God’s goodness, that God granted so great a mercy.  The Spirit of God extenuates evils and crosses, and magnifies and amplifies mercies; and all mercies seem to be great, and all afflictions seem to be little. 
But the Devil goes quite contrary, says Luther, his rhetoric is quite otherwise: he lessens God’s mercies, and amplifies evil things.  Thus, a godly man wonders at his cross that it is not more, a wicked man wonders his cross is so much: ‘Oh,’ he says, ‘none was ever so afflicted as I am.’  If there is a cross, the Devil puts the soul to musing on it, and making it greater than it is, and so it brings discontent.  And on the other side, if there is a mercy, then it is the rhetoric of the Devil to lessen the mercy.  ‘Aye, indeed,’ he says, ‘the thing is a good thing, but what is it?  It is not a great matter, and for all this, I may be miserable.’  Thus the rhetoric of Satan lessens God’s mercies, and increases afflictions.”

 

I really cannot get enough of this book!  It has been so helpful for me, as this is an area of my life that has always been “under construction.”  God has been using this book to grow me in so many ways, and I know it will be an on-going process, but I’m so grateful for what He’s teaching me!  Many continued thanks to Traci for letting me borrow it 🙂

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